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If it's on your dinner plate, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) had a hand in getting it there. The USDA oversees matters related to the nation's agricultural industry and food supply. Its main mission is to assist ... Read more

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  • "Great place to work, may need to be self-motivated"

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    Pros

    Really nice people. Team emphasis to research, with scientists' goals to help farmers and advance science, not personal glory. This means that people share and collaborate readily. Good comp time policy to facilitate work-life balance. Good benefits, such as retirement accounts.

    Cons

    Working in the government can be a pain, such as rules that say you have to spend 6X more by buying equipment from an approved supplier vs. on eBay. Many of us just bought our equipment with our own money. If you are not self-motivated (and keep your goals in mind), the slower pace of a government institution can lull you into slacking on your research.

    Advice to Management

    Coordinate with local universities (talks, seminars, etc.) to keep people feeling like they are scholars and motivate them to strive towards challenging research goals.

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US Agricultural Research Service Photos

US Agricultural Research Service photo of: USDA agriculture Research Service, Bushland, TX (Photo thanks to Flickr user cobalt123, available under by-nc v2.0)
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US Agricultural Research Service photo of: US Department of Agriculture South Building and the pedestrian bridge connecting it to the US Department of Agriculture. (Photo thanks to Flickr user David July, available under by-nc-sa v2.0)
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US Agricultural Research Service Interviews

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    Research Technician Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at US Agricultural Research Service (Cleveland, OH).

    Interview

    Applied via USAJOBS.gov and received an email about 3-4 months later inquiring if I was still interested in position. The interview was done over the phone and took about 15-20 minutes. Questions focused on research experience and knowledge of instrumentation. They followed up about 2-3 weeks later with an offer. The offer was only available pending fingerprinting and background check. The job did not pay for relocation costs.

    Interview Questions

    • What experience do you have with ion chromatography?
      Do you feel comfortable performing maintenance on instrumentation?
      Would you be willing to travel for field studies, sometimes out of state?  
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    Negotiation

    I inquired about negotiating for a higher salary but as a first time hire in the federal government I was told I had to start at 07, step 1.

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US Agricultural Research Service Awards & Accolades

  • America's Top Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities -- Top 25 Government Agencies, DiversityBusiness.com, 2012
  • Best Places To Work in the Federal Government (Large), Partnership for Public Service, 2009

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